Kaylee Bell crowned 2013 Toyota Star Maker

Kaylee Bell waves to the crowd on Peel Street.
Kaylee Bell waves to the crowd on Peel Street. Seanna Cronin

BATHURST'S Kaylee Bell has made her first public appearance as this year's Toyota Star Maker winner.

The 23-year-old was part of this morning's Australia Day Cavalcade down Peel Street, one of the most highly anticipated events on the Tamworth Country Music Festival calendar.

The rising talent battled it out for victory last night against fellow grand finalists Christie Lamb, Nathan Lamont and Gold Coast's Sarah Head to win Australia's oldest music talent search.

Kaylee Bell performs at Toyota Park in the grand final.
Kaylee Bell performs at Toyota Park in the grand final. Seanna Cronin

Bell joins a prestigious roll call of winners including Keith Urban, Luke Dickens, and Lee Kernaghan in the competition's 34-year history.

"The competition has kicked off the careers of some of the biggest names in country music, so I'm very excited to be given the chance to launch my career with the backing of such a prestigious title," Bell said last night.

Bell, who won New Zealand's Gold Guitar award when she was just 18, takes home a prize pack including a recording deal and a new Toyota vehicle with an unlimited 12-month fuel card.

The 2013 Toyota Star Maker grand final was judged by a panel of industry experts, with a public SMS vote contributing to 50 per cent of the decision.

Tonight is Tamworth's night of nights, with the Country Music Association of Australia handing out this year's Golden Guitar Awards.

Stars walking the red carpet will include Charlotte Dawson, Home and Away's Steve Peacock and a swag of country music artists.

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